American comedian Whoopi Goldberg is against the Republican governors' call for a Christian-only Syrian refugee resettlement programme, saying it is wrong to assume that only Christians are good people since even "Hitler was a Christian."
Goldberg made her pronouncement during the Tuesday episode of ABC's "The View," according to The Christian Post. The 60-year-old actress does not understand why Republican presidential candidates Senator Ted Cruz and former Governor Jeb Bush are being biased in favour of Christian refugees.
"Is this really going to help root out ISIS?" Goldberg asked. Her co-host Joy Behar agreed with her, saying that the political candidates exhibited a very un-Christian spirit when they made that call.
"The irony of saying that only Christians could come is not very Christian to say that, is it?" Behar argued.
Their co-host Candace Cameron Bure, who is a devout Christian, added that the idea of separating Christian refugees from the others "didn't appeal" to her either, and Goldberg quipped: "Because, you are actually a Christian."
Bure said that Christians should always be compassionate, especially towards those who are desperately in need of it. "I am a Christian, and Christians are of compassion, and that is biblical — to help people, to help the poor, the orphans, the widows," Bure said. "This country is historically known to bring in, open its arms to displaced people."
"Timothy McVeigh was a Christian, just saying," Behar interjected. And Goldberg, who is a well-known atheist made an even scarier comparison. "There have been a lot of horrifying... there have been a lot of monster Christians," Goldberg stated. "Hitler was a Christian."
Her statement confused her co-hosts, and she went on to explain: "Well, he didn't like the Catholics, remember? So he thought of himself as a Christian person."
Bure then said that all religious groups have their own extremists that should not represent the entire community. "There's a whole bunch of boneheads on both sides," Goldberg agreed.